We have pretty different personalities. The funny thing is, it actually works.
Amy Gascon is a performer/comedy producer straight outta Grand Rapids. In addition to Funny Girls, she performs with No Outlet, SALT, and Rapid Delivery Improv troupes and facilitates improv workshops for school and corporate groups. She is a sketch comedy writer and director (Clashtick Christmas, A Grand Lampoon, Sketches that Lived) and co-founded an online comedy hub, Last Retort. Amy is a graduate of the Second City Training Center in Chicago, where she studied improv, sketch-writing, stand up, and acting. She holds a bachelors in Communications from Grand Valley and is currently working on a theatre degree as well as taking classes at iO. Some of her favorite things include succulents, entrepreneurship and summer camp.
Eirann Betka-Pope is a producer, director, performer, writer, improviser, artist, and activist in Grand Rapids. She is the founder and president of Funny Girls, and founder and producer of The Fuse Box. She also performs with No Outlet Improv Troupe and produces Comedy Outlet Mondays at Dog Story Theater every week.
Eirann is the Outreach Specialist at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, where she teaches and directs, and where she met her now wife and fellow Funny Girl, Jenna Pope!
Kaira Williams was a finalist for Funniest Person in Grand Rapids 2017 & 2018, and voted 2nd favorite comedian in 2018 by readers of Revue West Michigan. Kaira keeps it professional as the Communications Manager for Funny Girls, and is one half of the duo, Inaccurate & Inappropriate. She struggles to split time between being the world's biggest NKOTB fangirl and practicing her craft. Her humor reflects her personality as a loud, unashamed feminist with self-esteem issues. Her stand-up is an oral biography of the worst things about herself, and the absurdities of being a single 30-something woman.
Jenna Pope is an instructor at Grand Rapids Civic Theater, resource room teacher, and performer within the Grand Rapids community. Her true passions involve organizing others’ lives, writing extensive Google Docs, and watching as much Netflix as she possibly can in one day. She initially got involved with Funny Girls by sitting in the corner at their rehearsals and laughing at their jokes while also avoiding performing by volunteering to run their tech. She has since come to her senses (and also gotten braver) and has come to love collaborating and actively performing with these wonderful ladies.
Kristin Hirsch is a lover of things, which include but are not limited to salty snacks, Gin and improv. She got her start in improv in California, studying at ComedySportz San Jose, before moving back to her hometown of Grand Rapids. She joined Funny Girls at its inception and has never looked back or been more entertained. She is enjoying diving more into sketches, both writing and performing, although still finds memorizing lines difficult when she's so used to saying whatever weirdness comes to her mind. In addition to Funny Girls she can be seen performing with her other comedy love, No Outlet Improv Troupe. She's been told her whole life that her humor is "dry" which might be better than "wet" because that sounds messy.
Sydney Smith joined Funny Girls to be around those who believe, like her, that women are funny. She’s a standup comedian who loves awkwardness, honesty and current events. In her spare time, Sydney is usually frowning (hates spare time). One day she would like to host a political talk show, but for now she's just shouting into the void.
She loves telling people about Funny Girls through her role as promotions manager.
Sydney's Favorite Comedian is Chelsea Handler,Margaret Cho or Mike Birbiglia (she can't choose) and whenever she needs a giggle, she watchesSaturday Night Live's "Body Fuzion".
Katie Milbourne is a performer and sketch writer with a proclivity toward organization -- which makes her perfect for her role as the Operations Manager. When she isn't writing, researching, practicing, or performing with the Funny Girls, she spends her time reading or trying to eat as much pizza as possible, despite her lactose intolerance. She loves being a part of a group of strong, independent women, and she thinks it would make her one true love (Hillary Clinton) proud.
Rachel Gleason received the highest honor in the comedy world when she was voted class clown in the senior mock elections at Hudsonville High School in 2005 and hasn't looked back since. She has been a spoken word poet, singer/songwriter, and activist in Grand Rapids for the last several years. In those roles, she really knows how to dig into the feels and get people thinking (and sometimes crying). Encouraged by her best good pal Eirann, she joined Funny Girls in order to express the much lighter and goofier side of herself as a performer. She can be seen on the Funny Girls stage acting in sketches and performing stand up and singing ridiculously rewritten 90's jams. She co-hosts the wildly popular open mic "The Drunken Retort" at Stella's lounge every Monday and tries her best to be a good role model when facilitating assemblies and workshops in area schools with the poetry collective The Diatribe. She is also the author of a memoir about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian cult. It's hilarious.
Juno is a senior at Aquinas, studying psychology by day and running the student improv troupe by night. Juno's main forms of expression are annoying voices, wearing people’s unwanted clothes from the 80s, and roller blading to disco music. Funny women, in his opinion, are the greatest humans in the universe.
Juno's fave comedians are Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen because they can play so many diverse characters!
Mary Kate has been a performer since she was a wee one, in shows ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Rocky Horror here at The Fuse Box. She has recently joined GRCT’s cast of Shrek The Musical as the Dragon, and cannot WAIT to see if they actually let her play with fire onstage. Other hobbies include petting other people’s dogs, cooking a mean grilled cheese, and treasure hunting at goodwill.
Her favorite comedians are John Mulaney, Maria Bamford, and Sarah Silverman. Her favorite moment in comedy is constantly changing, but right now it’s a tie between everything that’s going right with CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the wonderful world of the Moonpie Twitter account.
Stevie is the oldest of 4 children, and it shows. When she was young, her dad wanted her to graduate college and solve world peace. She never graduated, but she does comedy now, so that counts. Stevie lends her talents to many GR comedy groups including Funny Girls, Late Night GR, Comedy Outlet Mondays at Dog Story Theater, and The Comedy Project Official Page. Her hobbies range from warm hikes to depression naps, but her favorite is bringing up her mother's death at any opportunity to make others feel awkward.
Stevie's favorite comedians are Tig Notaro (listen to “Hello, I have cancer” if you haven’t already. It is great.) and John Oliver, and her favorite moment in comedy is the current tide of women's rights like the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and just being alive at a time when so many great women are having their voices heard.